Please visit our Office of Student Aid at Penn State for an overview of scholarship information and resources.
Academic and Need-Based Scholarships and Awards
All Penn State Behrend students are automatically considered for most of our academic and need-based scholarships. There is no separate Penn State application for most scholarships; however, filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for need-based scholarship consideration.
While Penn State continues to build its scholarship endowment, available funds do not yet reach all deserving students. Scholarship funds are very competitive and limited.
Awards vary and are determined by donor guidelines. The average award is $2,500 for the academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on merit or financial need, or a combination, as defined by the specific scholarship program.
University-wide scholarships are available to incoming and upper-class students:
Available to transfer students:
- RaiseMe Transfer: Pennsylvania community college students can earn scholarships toward a future Penn State Behrend degree.
Penn State Behrend Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Penn State Behrend, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, has created the Penn State Behrend Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Undergraduate juniors and seniors eligible to pursue dual majors in Mathematics and Secondary Education in Mathematics may apply to this program, which provides up to $22,500 in financial assistance per academic year for up to two years. Programming will equip teachers to thrive in diverse settings and offer mentoring into graduates’ early teaching careers. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching mathematics in a high-need school district anywhere in the U.S. for each year of scholarship support received.
Penn State Behrend offers numerous leadership scholarships based on extracurricular activities and leadership potential.
Leadership Scholarship Application: 2023–24 Academic Year
Scholarships of $1,000–$2,000 are offered on an annual basis to students who demonstrate leadership and engagement outside of the classroom. In addition to this financial scholarship, opportunities are provided to awarded students as part of our Behrend Leadership Scholar program. Opportunities occur monthly and cover topics and events including social events, service projects, leadership speakers, alumni resources, and advanced workshops.
- Transfer, change-of-campus, and returning students: Applications are closed for this award cycle and will open again in early 2024.
- First-year students: Applications for first year-students starting at Behrend in Fall 2023 are now closed. Applications for students beginning Fall 2024 will open in October 2023.
Any additional materials or questions can be directed to Clark Tieman, assistant director, Student Leadership and Involvement, at [email protected] or 814-898-6171.
Lawrence and Elizabeth Held Scholarships
Students enrolled in a major in Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business who have been accepted into the University-wide Schreyer Honors College will be considered for scholarships up to $10,000 per year. Learn more about scholarships for honors business majors.
Schreyer Scholars Program
First-year students selected to join the Schreyer Scholars Program will receive four-year renewable awards of $5,000 per academic year. Penn State Behrend will provide a matching $5,000 per year in a combination of scholarships to first-year students joining the Schreyer Honors College. These scholarships are renewable as long as students remain in good academic standing with the Schreyer Honors College. Students may be considered for admission to the Schreyer Scholars Program after their first year; however, scholarships are not guaranteed. Students may also be selected to join the Penn State Behrend Honors Program. Although being a member of the Honors Program does not guarantee scholarship funds, many of the Penn State Behrend scholarships prioritize students who are members of the Schreyer Scholars or Behrend Honors programs. Please visit the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State Behrend Honors Program for further details.
Penn State Behrend, in conjunction with the Newcombe Foundation, has scholarship funds for students with disabilities as defined under Provisions of Section 504, 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students can apply online for the Elizabeth Lee Black and Charlotte Newcombe Foundation Scholarship and the Black Family and Charlotte W. Newcombe Trustee Scholarship.
Penn State Behrend offers several scholarships that give preference to students or dependents of parent(s) who work for specific companies.
Complete the online application form
Veterans Benefits and Scholarships
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents may be eligible to receive one or more educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Army ROTC Scholarships
The Penn State Behrend Army ROTC program offers generous scholarship benefits, including full tuition and fees coverage, book allotment, and a spending allowance.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Penn State Behrend awards several study-abroad scholarships to students enrolled or planning to enroll in an international study program who have a proven need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
Complete a study abroad scholarship application
Outside scholarships are available through civic foundations, nonprofit organizations, churches, high schools, and employers.
- Penn State also recommends several scholarship search programs on the internet. These searches are free to prospective and continuing students.
- Penn State Behrend's Office of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs maintains a list of scholarship opportunities.
Creative Writing Scholarships
The following endowed scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved a superior academic record or who show promise for& outstanding writing. Creative writing scholarships may require a separate application. Learn more about creative writing scholarships.
- Corey N. Farrell Memorial Scholarship
- Clarence A. Smith and Eugenie Baumann Smith Endowed Scholarship
- Kenneth J. Sonnenberg Poetry Award